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Historic Newark Mall Under Fire Watch

Updated: Friday, May 10 2013, 07:41 PM EDT
NEWARK (Jen French/Ken Hines) -- Business owners in a historic mall are on fire patrol due to issues with the building's sprinklers.

The sprinkler system in The Arcade have not been up to code since a line burst and flooded the building last winter.

Owners of business inside the 107-year-old mall told ABC 6/FOX 28 they want to remain in the building, and are willing to comply with a fire department order requiring someone to patrol the structure for fire at all times.

"I don't want to go anywhere. I love it here,” Studio and Art Gallery owner Tessa Warner said.

The pipe burst occurred in co-owner Manuel Vela's portion of the building, which is now in foreclosure, and is scheduled to be sold by the Licking Co. Sheriff's Office this summer.

The building's other co-owner, Tom Cotton, said the sprinklers in his portion of the mall are operational, and are waiting on approval from the fire department.Historic Newark Mall Under Fire Watch

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